Our student, Rosemary Rodriguez was featured in Teen Vogue this March!
This article was originally posted on Teen Vogue by Kate Dwyer on March 15th, 2017
Rosemary Rodriguez is 17, and a recipient of the 2017 Children’s Defense Fund-New York’s “Beat the Odds” college scholarship, which recognizes New York City teens who have overcome adversity in their personal lives. For over two years, Rosemary lived in a Brownsville, Brooklyn homeless shelter with her mother and three siblings. She will graduate this June from Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies and plans to pursue a career as an FBI agent.
When my family was living in a homeless shelter, I would get stopped by the police a lot. I never did anything wrong, but because they always saw me walking near the shelter, the officers would assume that I was up to trouble. One time, when I was late for school, a couple of police officers stopped me near the shelter and asked where I was going. “School,” I said, but because I was late, they didn’t believe me. Instead of letting me go, they brought me to a bus of kids being questioned for truancy. When the officers asked me if it was my first time being stopped, I told them it was. The look on their faces told me they didn’t believe me, and they asked for my ID as they looked through my records.